Marc McCallum: Pressure on Rangers, not Livingston

Dundee United goalkeeper Marc McCallum is enjoying regular game-time on loan at Livingston. Pic: SNS
Dundee United goalkeeper Marc McCallum is enjoying regular game-time on loan at Livingston. Pic: SNS
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Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum insists the pressure is all on Rangers tonight ahead of the Lions’ Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final clash at Ibrox.

Despite Livi being the current holders, McCallum accepts Mark Warburton’s men are overwhelming favourites to progress to the last four where a home tie with St Mirren await the winners.

But for McCallum, who has started Livi’s last three matches since joining on loan from Dundee United last month, the expectations are very much on the Glasgow outfit to ease through.

“The pressure is totally on them to produce tonight so you never know what can happen,” the 22-year-old told the Evening News. “I hope they don’t disrespect us because we are a good side despite our results recently.

“I wasn’t here the last time we played them in the league last month, but by all accounts we played really well. If we can eliminate Rangers then you look at the other teams that are in the semi-finals, Peterhead and Queen’s Park, we’d also like a bit of revenge on St Mirren if we can get through.”

The Buddies hit Livi with their eighth defeat of the season on Saturday despite the hosts’ domination. “We were very disappointed not to take anything from the game with St Mirren,” McCallum explained. “I thought we controlled the game but we haven’t taken anything from it. It’s not good enough.

“He’s [Stephen Mallan, St Mirren’s goalscorer] hit a great strike right into the top corner. If I’d managed to save it then I’m sure I would have been 
given man of the match!”

McCallum revealed he has been in contact with his 
parent club’s new manager Mixu Paatelainen regarding his future, but says his immediate 
focus is on playing well for 
Livingston.

“I popped in last Thursday to see the new gaffer and told him my situation so he understood,” he said. “I think he’ll keep his tabs on me here whilst I go in there a couple of days a week. They’ve got a new goalkeeping coach coming in so I’ll work with him and get a taste of that.

“But my main focus is to perform for Livingston. I was given the gloves when I first came in against Alloa and I performed well there. There’s always pressure on a goalkeeper no matter the level, so I’m sure DJ [Darren Jamieson] will be trying to get the gloves back.

“I’ve only been here for three weeks but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve fitted into the changing room right away, so it’s great to be playing again. I was frustrated not to be getting my chance up the road as I know I’m good enough, so I’m here to prove myself.”